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Data and methods of a 1999-2000 street sweeping study on an urban freeway in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

Open-File Report 2003-93

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The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is required to control the quality of runoff from roadways under their control as part of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System. One way to control roadway runoff is to use street sweeping to remove pollutants before they are entrained in runoff. This may be a good option because land is often unavailable or prohibitively expensive and structural best-management practices can also be expensive. This study collected stormwater runoff samples and dirt samples from the roadway surface from a section of Interstate Highway 894 near Milwaukee, Wisconsin during periods when a street sweeping program was and was not in effect. These data may be useful in evaluating street sweeping as a stormwater best management practice but this study did not perform this evaluation. Data collection methods, concentrations of sediment and other constituents in storm- water runoff, and street dirt masses are presented in this report. Replicate and comparison sample results indicate that when evaluating the effectiveness of best-management practices on highway runoff, suspended sediment results should be used rather than suspended solids, presumably because the particle sizes in highway runoff is large compared to those found in other types of stormwater runoff.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Data and methods of a 1999-2000 street sweeping study on an urban freeway in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2003-93
Year Published:
2003
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s):
Wisconsin Water Science Center
Description:
v, 41 p.
Country:
United States
State:
Wisconsin
County:
Milwaukee County
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N